Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wednesday Window

How do I let Wednesday sneek up on me?  I guess it is that I am so busy trying to get ready for some huge ceramic shows... This piece just came out of the kiln last night.  It was inspired from a picture of an adult penguin and the little baby keeping warm.
And yes, the baby is seperate.

Monday, March 29, 2010

One Night of Queen

We went to see One Night of Queen last night at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, it was amazing!!!! My son and daughter are both huge Queen fans and this was a late birthday present for my son.  We had great seats, too.  If you like Queen you will love this show.  I am not sure where the tour is headed after Raleigh, but it was definitely worth seeing.  It was a great tribute to Freddie and the rest of the group. 

Here we are before the show.  I wish you could see the Queen shirt Nancy is wearing - she silk screened it! 

Clint getting an autograph after the show!
(all photos by Nancy.)

Friday, March 26, 2010

Gluten Free Bagels???

Today I was becoming overwelmed with packing and decided to take a break and try to make some bagels.  I am allergic to gluten, but I found a recipe from  for Gluten Free Bagels (it is #255600 if you want to try it out.)

Well, mine do not resemble bagels, except for the little shinny crust.  I had a very difficult time shaping them without them crumbling all apart.  So, mine are just big balls of dough.  I was very surprized at how good they taste.  They do have a strong egg flavor and kind of a weird smell (all gluten free bread smells weird).  But, I put butter and some strawberry jam on them and they were good!

I will have to practice on presentation, but if I am just going to eat them myself, I really don't care what they look like.  I will probably make them a bit smaller, because one was way too much.  Plus they are very high in carbs like most bread, but these are made with potato starch and corn starch - so plenty of starch...  But, when you go months without eating bread, these were heavenly!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wednesday Window

I can't believe another week has already passed us by.... 

This is our dog Satan... I mean Biscuit.  She is a rescue dog that we got through Petsmart about six years ago.  She is very smart, but she is also very protective - almost too protective.  She loves the family (well,  she tolerates Nancy), but she would eat any sales man that came to the door - like I said she is smart. I love my Biscuit.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wednesday Window - Happy St. Patrick's Day

Not exactely Irish, but...
I just wanted to introduce you to the newest member of our family - Jackson.  My son and I were heading out to the river and there was a van parked on the side of the road with a man selling Bonsai trees.  So, Clint bought one and named him Jackson - not sure why.  But, it is a beautiful Juniper that is three years old.  Hope he will stay with us for a while.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wednesday Window

Spring is in the air! I love this time of year.  After being cooped up inside all winter, it feels good to be able to just walk outside with out putting tons of layers on (ok, I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to the cold).  I can't wait to see the first bees of Spring.  This was taken last year at my studio.

Monday, March 8, 2010

My 100th Post!!!

Ok, for a lot of you out there, 100 posts may not be very much.  But, to me it is amazing.  I have always been a poor writer and I struggle with things to say.  So, I cannot believe that I made it to 100. For my 100th post I wanted to have something "special" to write about, but I couldn't come up with one big thing - just a bunch of little things.  I guess pretty much just a regular post...

I do want to thank all of my followers!  I started this blog just as an outlet for Liquidambar and I really didn't think that people would ever read it.  I don't have a massive following like some of my friends (i.e. Blase') but each one is important and it always makes me smile when someone leaves me a comment.  The computer is an amazing thing to be able to bring so many people from around the world together.  Thank you followers!!!!!

We have been very busy in the studio.  John and I have two big shows coming up and since we don't work at the studio full-time, we have been trying to squeeze a lot of work in the short period of time that we do spend there.  John finished about twelve thrown pieces over the weekend.  Here he is trimming the last one.

And I made several coil-built pieces.  I like inscribing different designs into the clay.  I just love how the clay feels at that point. 

This will be finished with the green glaze we use on most things.  

Same with this pot that has a lotus on it.  You can see that it is starting to dry.  I actually made this one on Thursday.

The lotus pot is sitting in front of a piece that I made on Tuesday.  Both pieces are made with the same brown clay, but the one is the back is almost bone-dry (ready to go into the kiln).
I also made two little people pots.  It is amazing how each one can take on its own personality.  They look like they are just waiting to say something. 

While we were at the studio, John and I spotted out the location were we want to build a house.  This won't happen for several years.  My son still needs to finish high school, plus we would need to sell the house we are in to be able to build, but it is fun to dream.   
Well, it is the prettiest day of the year so far, so I better get out and work in the yard!  Happy Monday and thank you all again!!!!!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

We have a winner!!!!

We have a winner for the $30 Gift Certificate to Liquidambar Studio!!!! 
The number is 61.... 

sabrita said...
I made Liquidamber Jewelry on etsy an etsy favorite. Thank you.

Photo Shoot at the Railroad

One of John's and my great friends, Scott, took us out to the old railroad station so we could shoot some photos.  As you probably know,...